Never heard of the problem you mentioned with the MINI, possibly with the
the CVT tranny.
The two MINIs in my garage work just fine, kinda like my Orion.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Wednesday, July 12, 2006 2:25 PM
Subject: [TenTec] The Age of Consumer Beta Testing
> I've watched with interest how this community has bashed Ten-Tec's efforts
> to raise the performance bar with their new radios. All I can say is take
> look around you.
> Microsoft releases major operating systems with security flaws so serious
> that they invite hackers to come in. The Mini-Cooper automobile has such
> serious bugs in it's processor that it doesn't properly shift between
> gears. My
> new Sony Viao notebook computer would crash inexplicably (and continues
> to do
> so) and no one could tell me why.
> Folks, this is life as we know it. Few, if any, products with complex
> software instruction sets arrive in the customer's hands bug-free. We are
> in the
> age of consumer beta testing, like it or not.
> Compared to the volume of laptops, automobiles, and software releases, a
> radio like the Orion is almost a "one-off" item. With a sample size of
> just a
> few thousand, of which their use is segmented in niche activities (such
> as CW
> only, phone only, contesting, DXing, etc), it may be impossible to find a
> common cause for a particular bug. In effect, some of the patches simply
> the individual symptom, not the collective root cause!
> The concerns expressed are certainly legitimate, there are serious issues
> with both radios. It is particularly disturbing that the code expertise
> in the hands of a very few individuals. Yet, we have to face the reality
> these radios, with all their flaws, still have capabilities beyond
> we've imagined before, and at a cost of less than an 1960 Collins S Line
> today's dollars.
> This can be a constructive and proactive forum, and recognizing the nature
> of software-based products, I hope we are part of the solution, not the
> Paul, K5AF
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